External desktop storage reviews range relatively widely from single to several drive units that perform an immense variety of tasks. Some external desktop storage reviews feature devices designed for capacity expansion, typically via 1-5 bays, that interface over Thunderbolt or USB 3.0. Others feature direct attached storage (DAS) devices that connect with similar interfaces or even Gigabit Ethernet. In these external desktop storage reviews, we also look at specialized products designed specifically for RAIDing drives, backing up home media content via a router connection, or providing a local and cloud storage solution.
by Lyle Smith

WD Announces Gaming SSD, Refreshed Passport Line, SanDisk Products

Western Digital has announced that it will be showcasing several new products at IFA 2019, including the latest offerings from its WD Black line of gaming products, WD and SanDisk brands.

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by Adam Armstrong

WD Rolls Out WD_Black For Gaming

At Gamescom in Cologne, Germany Western Digital Corp. (WDC) announced a new portfolio of external storage solutions for PC and console gamers, its new WD_Black products. The new portfolio includes five new HDDs and SSDs purpose-built for expanding PC and console game capacity. Among the portfolio of new drives is the first-to-industry SuperSpeed USB (20Gb/s), USB 3.2 gen 2x2 port in a game drive. WD will showcase its new WD_Black portfolio at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany at Entertainment Area - Hall 10.1 | Stand E-051 and B2B Area/TRADEVISITOR PLACE - Hall 2.2 D-042.

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by Marshall Gunnell

CalDigit T4 (Thunderbolt 3) Review

The four-bay CalDigit T4 storage solution, compatible with Mac only, features Thunderbolt 3 technology, storage capacities of up to 32TB, and support RAID 0, 1, and 5 configurations. Similar to the Thunderbolt 2 T4, this device comes with the CalDigit Drive Utility software that allows you to maintain and monitor your T4. Through this software, you can easily set notifications, configure RAID modes, check event logs, and view other important information concerning your storage.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie d2 Professional Review (10TB)

The LaCie d2 Professional is designed as a massive expansion external drive option for laptops or desktops and for those who work with large files in bandwidth-intensive environments. Featuring a capacity of up to 10TB, the d2 Professional supports USB-C, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and is the first LaCie product to be outfitted with the enterprise-class Seagate BarraCuda Pro hard drive inside.

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by Lyle Smith

WD My Book Duo 20TB Review

WD is a household name when in the external storage market largely due to the highly reliable and successful My Book line, which the company continues to expand and update. To this end, WD has added a new massive capacity model to their veteran My Book Duo line with a 20TB model. Compatible with USB 3.1 Gen 1 and USB 3.0 (including two USB 3.0 Type-A hub ports), this massive dual-drive storage solution is meant for consumers and professionals who store a ton of media or those looking for a proven and easy-to-use backup solution.

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by Lyle Smith

CalDigit AV Pro 2 Storage Hub Review

The CalDigit AV Pro 2 Storage Hub is the newest generation of the company’s single drive solution line designed specifically for Thunderbolt 3-compatible computers. The AV Pro 2 supports both full size 3.5" and 2.5” solid state drives, which can easily be removable via the hubs module design so users can seamlessly expand their systems as their storage needs change. Though the AV Pro 2 is marketed for use with Thunderbolt 3 machines, it can also to connect to laptop or desktop via its USB-C port while supporting USB Micro B connectivity. These ports also allow users to connect USB peripherals--including external drives, card readers, and Apple SuperDrives--with the ability to also daisy chain to another AV Pro 2.

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by Adam Armstrong

WD Releases 20TB External Desktop Storage

Today Western Digital Corporation (WDC) launched what it is calling the world’s highest capacity external desktop storage system, the updated My Book Duo. With upwards of 20TB of capacity, the new My Book Duo can give both consumers and most professionals the storage they need for their ever-expanding digital content libraries. The new RAID storage system offers enough room to back up photos, videos, music, work, and important documents while providing fast transfer speeds.

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by Adam Armstrong

G-Technology Upgrades Several Devices To Thunderbolt 3

Today at NAB 2017 in Las Vegas, Western Digital Corporation (WDC) announced that its G-Technology line would be upgrading several of its products to Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C connectivity. This update not only improves connectivity from G-tech’s product line to modern computers, it also brings faster transfer speeds that creative professionals will need as their content gains in resolution and takes up more capacity.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3 Review

Fresh on the heels of the new MacBook Pro release, LaCie brought several Thunderbolt 3 storage devices to market, the largest being the 12big Thunderbolt 3. Equipped with 12 drive bays that house 7200RPM 3.5" hard drives, the LaCie 12big is the company’s largest RAID storage model to date. Designed for media professionals who work with bandwidth-intensive content, this massive storage solution boasts up to an impressive 120TB of storage when configured in RAID5.

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by Adam Armstrong

LaCie Introduces 2big Dock With Thunderbolt 3

Today LaCie announced an update to its popular 2big professional 2-bay RAID storage solution. The new 2big now supports Thunderbolt 3 technology granting the device the bump in performance that comes with the new interface. The device is yet another in the long line of beautifully designed devices from LaCie and designed by Neil Poulton. Aimed at creative professionals such as photographers and videographers, the 2big provides several ports to connect devices, when some modern notebooks do not.

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